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Squidoo: Wysiwyg And So Much More

There I was sitting in front of my laptop, trying desperately to learn more than basic html. A book on the subject beside me, a bunch of html code in front of me on a web builder on my pc, a very earnest albeit confused look on my face, and wondering how in the world I am going to build a web page when I need to actually see the colorful, bold text and pictures I’m putting on the page. I’m a visual learner, you see, and html doesn’t lend itself to the eye the way WYSIWYG does.

Then someone in one of my online trainings mentioned Squidoo and how you can easily build lenses, Squidoo’s word for pages, in this very social online community. So I jump right in to see for myself if it is truly as easy to build whole web pages as they said. I was, in a very good way, shocked.

From the moment I decided on my topic to the last module I added that day, my first lens (page) took about an hour to build. With very little effort, I had pictures, content, and even ways to monetize my lens on the web. I hit the publish button and sent my lens out to the internet. Like any site you create, you still have to do your homework: keyword research, RSS, links out and in, getting your lens indexed with Google, etc. But the actual creation of a web page that can go on forever is a snap.

And Squidoo is fun! They have a point system where you get points for everything you do with little Squiddy characters popping up to congratulate you for just about every step you take in your progress or for “liking” other lenses, or for getting you lens “liked” or featured, or any number of things you do. They also give you trophies for each milestone you reach. Squidoo opened up a whole new and very entertaining world for me, and at this point, I’m addicted.

This is not to say you can’t use html in Squidoo. If you’re an expert, go for it. But if you’re a novice like me, Squidoo is a godsend. A cinch to navigate, Squidoo offers tons of training and help. There is SquidU, Squid-forums, and a Help Center, as well as lenses galore from other Squidoo-ers willing to help.

The lenses are built with pre-designed modules that you can place any where you like, as many times as you like. And you get to choose from about 150 of them! Some of the modules are designed to help you monetize your lenses. Squidoo is partnered with many of the top online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, and Café Press. Creating a module with any of these stores is a no-brainer. There are modules for pictures, videos, links, quizzes, and polls. I could never pull this off on my own web site, but in Squidoo it’s almost too easy.

You will find endless topics to explore, and sub-topics, and sub-topics of sub-topics. Enough topics to rival any search engine can be found in this 5-year-old publishing site. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you will be prompted to be the first to create a lens on the topic. Great ranking material here.

As you gain points in Squidoo, opportunities for better lens-making are granted such as more themes and modules to choose from to make your lenses more appealing. And Squidoo does all the hard work for you. Your job is mainly to write content and add to your page with point-and-click ease. They also offer widgets and all the ways to send your published lenses out to Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds. There’s even a Favorites button so you can keep track of the lenses you like best. And a guestbook you can add to any lens so your visitors can leave comments. And I haven’t been spammed in my comments – Squidoo keeps close tabs on that.

The only drawback I have found is that anyone who visits Squidoo is required to register. I have friends who want to see my lenses but don’t necessarily want to create lenses themselves. I also write articles with links to Squidoo but am a tad concerned that having to register will make the unregistered reader shy away.

It only takes a minute to sign up so, whether you are just visiting Squidoo or you want to create lenses, my advice is just do it. Squidoo is just too cool to pass up due to something as easy as typing in a username and email address.


Street Talk

I have seen some good looking lenses from there. I will have to go explore around a bit.

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  about 7 years ago

I use squidoo too and it is fun. Been focusing most of my energies lately on SA and my sites.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi again, Lacey! Thanks for the comments. I agree, Squidoo is so fun it doesn't feel like work but it can give you some good backlinks if used right. And maybe a little money on the side. I do have more important things to do tho so don't hang out there much.

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  about 7 years ago

Nice article Squidoo is an interesting place to begin but I still find it difficult to get recognition there... It is fun to use and I will undoubtedly return there one day.. at present enjoying my blogging more...

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  about 7 years ago

Nice article! You're the one who introduced me to Squidoo - I followed one of your links. Thanks -

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Cynthia! I think you were having a problem at the time. Did you ever get it figured out?

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  about 7 years ago

Yep. If I recall correctly I wanted to comment on one of your creations but was not a member and it was set to members only... so I became a member. Problem solved!

  
  about 7 years ago
Golfspice  

Good summary of Squidoo AnnMarie. FYI - As with SA, your friends should be able to view your lenses without registering as long as they know your lensmaster name or name of your lenses - just use the search facility at the top right of the page.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Golfspice...good to know...I wasn't sure. Good thing you didnt go with the handle golfsplice...hahaha

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

Nice lens AnnMarie. Squidoo is fun. So inundated with everything online, I forgot about Squidoo. Have made a couple lenses in the past. Are they converting for you? Do you have to sign up for Amazon? I live in a sales tax state.

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  about 7 years ago
  

No, my lenses don't convert really well..a few bucks here and there but I really make them more for backlinks and just because it's fun. You don't have to monetize them but if you do, you can donate a portion (or all) to charity easily in Squidoo.

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  about 7 years ago

Good article and nice lens AnnMarie....kinda like Squidoo too...:)

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  about 7 years ago
  

Nice fish, Kevin! Thanks for the nice comment.

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  about 7 years ago
joe witt  

squidoo is an excellent way for beginners to get hooked and learn. It is a lot of fun too, and has a great community spirit.

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  about 7 years ago
  

totally agree, obviously :)

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  about 7 years ago

Terrific article Ann Marie, and your stacked glass art looks really cool too!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, David! Nice of you to say so. :)

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  about 7 years ago

Well done, Ann Marie. Thanks for following me -- very timely too! I need to link to something like this... and will. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 7 years ago
  

You are most welcome, Cynthia. You can use Squidoo for backlinks too!

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks! Backlinks sound good. I need to redo the article where I linked to you and submitted. I used one of the 1,000 Street Articles suggested ones for topic and title. Got rejected so I'm a bit puzzled. Will change it now and see:-)

  
  about 7 years ago
  

I hope they don't think it's an "affiliate link" cuz I have run into that before. Not with my own Squidoo lenses but with other site links to someone else's site on the topic...like with the Fair Tax article. I tried to link it to a Fair Tax site where a series of great, short videos explain the whole thing...SA rejected even tho is wasn't an affiliate link and there was nothing being sold on the site....AARRGGGHHHH!

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  about 7 years ago

Oh! No, AnnMarie, they rejected the title. That's why I'm puzzled! I only chose that title because it was suggested:-) In fact, I added "- Ethically!" to the title but that's all. Guess I misunderstood. Anyway, redid title And article and resubmitted. I link to your Street Articles which links to your Squidoo lens. That way folks can learn about all that stuff from you rather than just see your wonderful Squidoo lens! It must be hard for them to keep up with all the articles being submitted. Suspect some rejections come from speeding through. Glad we get to resubmit:-) blessings, Cynthia

  
  about 7 years ago
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